Japanese Curry Rice Recipe

Curry rice (カレーライス, karē raisu) is a very popular dish in Japan. You can find a restaurant that serves curry rice nearby almost all train stations in Japan or can be cooked easily at home with a very simple recipe. The recipe we will be introducing today is the most basic way to make curry yet the most delicious way to cook. Depending on your preference, you can enjoy curry not just with rice but you can also enjoy the curry with udon or bread.

Today, let’s try making Curry Rice カレーライス!

Ingredients (材料) for a Japanese Curry Rice

This will serve approximately six people.

  • 190 grams of pork belly block
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 115 grams of curry roux
  • 1 potato
  • 830 militer of Water
  • An appropriate amount of cooking oil

Step-by-Step Procedure

1. Peel the potatoes and remove the sprouts. Peel the other vegetables and set aside.

2. Cut the meat and vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry the meat.

4. Next, add the vegetables and then fry until the onions are transparent.

5. Add water and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

6. Add the curry roux and simmer for 10 minutes, letting it dissolve completely.

7. Serve and enjoy!

豚バラブロックぶたばらぶろっくPork belly block
食用油しょくようゆCooking oil

Where to buy the ingredients?

Although Japanese convenience stores have a variety of items available, in order to buy a fresh and wider variety of products, visiting grocery stores is a must. Japan offers a variety of grocery store chains where you can easily do most of your grocery shopping. AEON, Seiyu, Ito-Yokado, Life, and Inageya are among them.

1. Aeon Supermarket

This supermarket is widely available around Japan and the world, having about 19,200 stores. One of the big AEON supermarkets in Tokyo is in Shinjuku, Yokohama, and Shinonome near Odaiba.

2. Seiyu

Seiyu is a very popular and well-known supermarket in Japan having more than 300 stores around. Perhaps, you can imagine that there is a Seiyu supermarket nearby almost all major train stations in Tokyo. Seiyu offers a wide range of products and is known for affordable meat availability.

3. Ito-Yokado

At Ito-Yakado, you can buy everything including food and drinks, cosmetics and drugs, living goods, fashion items, and other high-quality products that are only available in Japan. Ito Yokado stores in Tokyo are located in family-friendly areas on the outskirts of the city.

4. Life

Life is one of the largest supermarkets in Japan with easy accessibility. This supermarket has a variety of both fresh and manufactured goods, so if you are looking for home cook materials, Life supermarket would have most of them available!

5. Inageya

Inageya is a prominent grocery brand in Tokyo. They primarily sell groceries but they also sell some kitchen supplies and daily essentials. Therefore, if you need to buy both kitchen tools and groceries, Inageya would be right for you!